Monday, August 31, 2015

We welcome Guest Barista Melissa to the podcast!
Right out of the gate, we began talking about Doctor Who Lego Dimensions, inspired by Melissa’s TARDIS earrings.
Netrunner is mentioned briefly.
Melissa mentioned Twisted and Happy Knits, both Portland yarn shops.
Melissa is both a knitter and a crocheter, and her ravelry handle is MissMAB.
Coava Coffee is mentioned.

Grande: Melissa has no finished objects. Abby has finished two pairs of self-striping socks, one using yarn from Stray Cat Socks in the color Lollypop, with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, and the other from Yarn vs. Zombies with an afterthought heel. Abby also finished Romi Hill’s Carson and Louisa Harding’s Ribbon Shrug out of Malabrigo Chunky in Molly. Abby used Knit Visualizer to generate a chart for Ribbon, which only had written instructions. 

Latte: Melissa is working on her “year blanket”, which is full-sized, out of various blues, in a large basketweave pattern. Melissa is also working on some toe-up socks, but she’s thinking about frogging them. Melissa has ordered a Persian Tile blanket kit from Janie Crow. Melissa also mentions Twinkie Chan. 

Abby is working on Hitofude out of Tosh Merino Light, which is fingering weight, not sport weight, in Tomato. It is going slowly. She is also knitting the Delias Eucharis socks from The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet Volume II in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Baroness. She is going to McGuyver the heel flap to continue the patterning down the back of the heel.

Bitter Cup: Melissa has a Silver Reed 840 knitting machine, which has given her grief, especially in the casting on.  Yarn barf has ensued, and a repair to the machine will be necessary. Abby began knitting Miss Dashwood, by Bonne Marie Burns, out of Fibra Natura Flax, but put it down for a week or so and subsequently messed up the edges, which was beyond her ability to repair. Frogging has ensued. 

Stir: Abby is spinning some vintage Crown Mountain Farms fiber which she ran through her drum carder, and then, having decided to spin long draw (woolen), hand carded into rolags. Progress is slow but steady. 

Sofa: Melissa and Abby talk about some favorite games, and discuss what makes a game “knitting friendly” or not. Abby made up a word, but please note that the plural of impetus is “impetuses”. Games we said we like include, the knitting-friendly: Firefly, Carcassonne, Tsuro, Dead of Winter, Pandemic, Forbidden Desert, Forbidden Island, “good old D&D”, and the not so knitting friendly: Munchkin, Exploding Kittens, Fluxx in its many incarnations, Cards Against Humanity, King of New York, and Abby’s very favorite game, Android: Netrunner. Abby mentioned The Winning Agenda, an Australian podcast about Netrunner, on which she was a guest several weeks ago. 

At the end, Abby mentioned that she is knitting a “Recovery Gauntlet” for a friend who recently had hand surgery. Stay tuned for updates. 

You can reach Melissa via her blog here.

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